Citizen Science

Common Snapping Turtle
Photo by Tim Walsh

Collect important data for real science discoveries.

The Bruce Museum's Citizen Science project is looking for participants. No experience necessary. Just a willingness to help out.

For the classroom, families or individuals.

Please contact Tim Walsh, Citizen Science Coordinator, by email or phone 203-413-6767.

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Connecticut Turtle Atlas

Turtles are currently the most endangered vertebrate animal group, with more than 50% of the world’s species threatened with extinction. Twelve species are native to Connecticut; some, such as the wood, bog, spotted, and box turtles are in decline. 

Volunteers for the Connecticut Turtle Atlas will collect data on specific locations and the abundance of all turtle species found throughout the state. These volunteer scientists will gather the data through a smartphone-based app using the platform.

The information gathered will be used to map distributions, identify important habitats, locate areas of nesting abundance, and detect roadways with high traffic-related mortality. In addition, there will be opportunities to assist with various aspects of turtle research and fieldwork.

For more information, contact Tim Walsh, Citizen Science Coordinator, at or 203-413-6767.